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The Family Man

The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner, written by David Diamond and David Weissman, starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, helped produce the film; the film centers on a man who experiences what his life might have been if he had made a different decision earlier in his life. Jack and Kate, who have been together since college, are at JFK Airport, where Jack is about to leave to take up a twelve-month internship with Barclays in London. Kate fears the separation will be detrimental to their relationship and asks him not to go, but he reassures her, saying their love is strong enough to last, he flies out. Thirteen years Jack is now a bachelor living a carefree life as a Wall Street executive in New York City. At work, he is putting together a multi-billion dollar merger and has ordered an emergency meeting on Christmas Day. In his office, on Christmas Eve, he gets a message to contact Kate, but though he remembers her, he dismisses it uninterested.

On his way home, he is in a convenience store when a young man, enters claiming to have a winning lottery ticket worth $238, but the store clerk refuses him, saying the ticket is a forgery. Cash pulls out a gun and threatens him, so Jack offers to buy the ticket and Cash agrees. Outside, Jack tries to help Cash, to which he responds by asking Jack if anything is missing from his life. Jack says he has everything he needs, whereupon Cash enigmatically remarks that Jack has brought upon himself what is now going to happen, walks away. A sleeps. On Christmas Day, Jack wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom with two children, he rushes out to his condo and office in New York, but both doormen refuse him entrance and do not recognize him. Jack encounters Cash driving Jack's Ferrari. Although Cash offers to explain what is happening, all he says is a vague reference to "The Organization" and that Jack is getting "a glimpse" that will help him to figure out for himself what it's about. Jack realizes that he is living the kind of life he might have had if he had stayed in the United States with Kate as she had asked.

He has a modest family life, where he is a car tire salesman for Kate's father and Kate is a non-profit lawyer. Jack's young daughter, thinks he is an alien but a friendly one and assists him in fitting into his new life. With a few setbacks, Jack begins to succeed, bonding with his children, falling in love with his wife and working hard at his job. Taking advantage of a chance meeting when his former boss, chairman Peter Lassiter, comes in to have a tire blowout fixed, he impresses him with his business savvy and Lassiter invites him to his office, where Jack worked in his'other' life. There, after a short interview, Lassiter offers him a position. While he is excited by the potential salary and other perks, Kate argues that they are happy and they should be thankful for the life they have. Having decided that he now likes this'other' life, Jack again sees Cash, now a store clerk, he demands to stay in this life, but Cash tells him there is no choice: "a glimpse", by definition, is an impermanent thing.

That night, Jack tries to stay awake, but fails and wakes the "next day", Christmas Day, to find himself in his original life. He forgoes closing the acquisition deal to intercept Kate, finding her moving out of a luxury townhouse before flying to Paris. Like Jack, she has focused on her career, has become a wealthy corporate lawyer, she had only called him to return a box of his old possessions. He chases after her to the airport and, in an effort to stop her leaving, describes in detail their children and family life he had seen. Intrigued, she agrees to go with him for a coffee. From a distance, they are seen talking inaudibly over their coffees; the Family Man opened at #3 at the North American box office making $15.1 million in its opening weekend, behind What Women Want and Cast Away, which opened at the top spot. After 15 weeks in release, the film grossed $75,793,305 in the US and Canada and $48,951,778 elsewhere, bringing the film's worldwide total to $124,745,083; the film received mixed reviews from critics.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 53% based on 128 reviews, with an average rating of 5.49/10. The site's consensus states: "Despite good performances by Cage and by Leoni, The Family Man is too predictable and derivative to add anything new to the Christmas genre, it sinks under its sentimentality". Metacritic reports a 42 out of 100 rating based on 28 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Chris Gore from Film Threat said: "If you're looking for a heartfelt, feel-good holiday movie, just give in and enjoy." Matthew Turner from ViewLondon said: "Perfect feel-good Christmas-period family entertainment. Recommended." Common Sense Media rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Movie rates it four of four stars. Well written, it makes you laugh and cry. Better yet, it’s an intentionally moral movie, it wants to prove that everyone needs love..."Emma Cochrane from Empire in 2015 wrote: "This is the kind of adult fantasy you want to see at Christmas and, as such, it's enjoyable entertainment", gave the film 3 stars out of 5.

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Maathorneferure was an Ancient Egyptian queen, the Great Royal Wife of Ramesses II. Maathorneferure was his wife, Queen Puduhepa, she was the sister of the crown prince Nerikkaili of Hatti and the sister of the Hittite king Tudhaliya IV. Maathorneferure was married to the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 34th year of his reign, becoming the King's Great Wife, her original name is unknown, but her Egyptian name translates as "One who sees Horus, the invisible splendor of Ra". Egypt and the Hittite empire had been at odds since the demise of the kingdom of the Mitanni, Maathorneferure's marriage to the Egyptian king was the conclusion of the peace process which had begun with the signing of a peace treaty thirteen years earlier. On the Marriage Stela it is claimed that "The daughter of the great chief of Kheta marched in of the army " The Hittite princess left Hattusa, the Hittite capital, in late 1246 BCE, accompanied by her mother and a huge contingent laden with gold, bronze and sheep, slaves.

At the Egyptian frontier, a message was despatched to the Pharaoh:'They have traversed sheer mountains and treacherous passes to reach Your Majesty's border.' Ramesses sent a welcoming party to escort the princess into Egypt. She arrived in February 1245 BCE at Pi-Ramesse. For Ramesses, the marriage was valuable more for the large dowry he acquired rather than his new bride, despatched to his harem palace at Mer-wer. According to another account, Maathorneferure is said to have given Ramesses a baby and died shortly thereafter. Maathorneferure is mentioned on a papyrus found at Gurob; the partial text on the papyrus states: small bag, the king's wife Maathorneferure the great ruler of Khatti, Dayt garment of 28 cubits, 4 palms, breadth 4 cubits, of 14 cubits, 2 palms, breath 4 cubits - 2 items palms, breath 4 cubits. At Tanis, there is a broken statue of Ramesses that shows her figure touching his leg, together with her cartouche. During the latter half of the first millennium BCE Maathorneferure's marriage to the pharaoh gave rise to the tale inscribed on the Bentresh stela in which the sister of a foreign queen is healed by a divine statue sent from Egypt.

Maat-hor-neferure Maatnefrure Maat-hor-nefrure Naptera "Marriage Stela" in Ancient Records of Egypt by J. H. Breasted, Part Three, §415ff "The Bentresh Stela" in Ancient Egyptian Literature by M. Lichtheim, Vol.3, pp. 90ff. Ramesside Inscriptions by Kenneth Anderson Kitchen Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East: The Royal Correspondence of the Late Bronze Age by Trevor R. Bryce, p. 117ff. The Kingdom Of The Hittites by Trevor Robert Bryce, p. 283 Faience plaque bearing the name of Queen Maathorneferure The Marriage Stela of Ramses II

I-formation (tennis)

I formation is a doubles tennis strategy planned to confuse the opponent returning the serve. "The name comes from its resemblance to American football's I formation, in which the fullback positions right behind the halfback, who positions right behind the quarterback.".. The net player indicates,; these hand gestures let the server at the baseline know which side of the court they are to serve to, than move to. For intermediate players such as league, or club players it is recommended that the server head to the opposite side to which the net player is headed so that maximum court coverage is obtained) Advanced competitors such as professional; the ultimate aim here is for the net player to cut off the return of serve ending the point. Why I-formation is Effective In tennis you want to keep the ball away from the net player, because it is easy to put the ball away from closer to the net than any other position on the court; this tactic has the player returning the serve guess as to which side the opponents net player will be.

So there is a 50–50 chance the person returning the server is going to hit the ball right into their opponents net player which can be the worst place to return the serve in doubles. Tips To play this tactic It's important players be comfortable serving the ball with enough precision to place the ball out wide, into the body. Accuracy is required so you don't hit the net-player in the back or head. Another key to success with this tactic is understanding the ins and outs of returning a serve, what is involved when choosing to hit down the line as opposed to a crosscourt return. For example, it is harder to change the direction of the ball. There is a higher margin of error when hitting the ball crosscourt, because the distance between the net and the baseline is longer and the net is lower in the centre where the ball path crosses the net, it helps to know your opponent's strengths before playing this strategy. The net-player is required to get low, it is important that they be able to move out of this position, so it's recommended the net player be on their feet, crouching, as opposed to one or both knees.

It is easier to move to the ball from the balls of the feet as opposed to being flat-footed. You want this position to be uncomfortable because you are going to want to move out of it quickly; the net player will put their hands behind the back to indicate where the server should serve. So if the server is serving on the deuce side of the court the index finger is used to point to the ad side, The middle finger is used to indicate a to-the-body shot, the pinkie finger is used to reflect the down-the-line position; the net-player communicates if they are going to move to the ad or deuce service-box. It's common for the net-player to walk back to the service line and whisper his/her choice of combinations to the server. Antoun, A. Women's Tennis Tactics, United States of America, Human Kinetics. Krajco, K; the I-Formation: Variation of Australian Doubles retrieved 19 March 2017 from Westermann, I. Aug 14 2015. Using Hand Signals in Doubles - Ask Ian #49.

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Andrew Pearson (cricketer)

Andrew Stuart Pearson is a former English cricketer. Pearson was a left-handed batsman, he was born in Sussex. Having played for the Northamptonshire Second XI between 1974 and 1980, Pearson made his debut for Bedfordshire against Buckinghamshire in the 1981 Minor Counties Championship, he played Minor counties cricket for Bedfordshire from 1981 to 1987, making 40 Minor Counties Championship appearances and 8 MCCA Knockout Trophy appearances. He made his List A debut against Somerset in the 1982 NatWest Trophy. In this match he scored 39 runs before being dismissed by Viv Richards, he made a further List A appearance against Gloucestershire in the 1985 NatWest Trophy. He scored 4 runs in this match, before being dismissed by David Lawrence, he played a single MCCA Knockout Trophy match for the Northamptonshire Cricket Board against Suffolk. Andrew Pearson at ESPNcricinfo

Rising Star Academy

Rising Star Academy is a private Islamic day school for students in pre-K through twelfth grades, located in Union City, New Jersey, established in 2009. As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 196 students and 22.5 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 8.7:1. The school's student body was 2.0 % Hispanic and 1.5 % Black. Rising Star Academy opened in September 2009 by the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center, a Sunni Muslim mosque established in 1992 in Union City; the mosque's 2,000 member congregation includes 500 Latino converts from other religions, such as Catholicism. The school received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools in May 2016; the accreditation was effective December 2016 for a seven-year period. Rising Star Academy website "Rising Star Academy". Private School Review

Lithuanian–Muscovite War (1368–1372)

The Lithuanian–Muscovite War, known in Russia as Litovschina encompasses three raids by Algirdas, Grand Duke of Lithuania, to the Grand Duchy of Moscow in 1368, 1370, 1372. Algirdas organized the raids against Dmitry Donskoy in support of the Principality of Tver, chief rival of Moscow. In 1368 and 1370, Lithuanians besieged Moscow and burned the posad, but did not succeed in taking the city's Kremlin. In 1372, the Lithuanian army was stopped near Lyubutsk where, after a standoff, the Treaty of Lyubutsk was concluded. Lithuanians agreed to cease their aid to Tver, defeated in 1375. Mikhail II of Tver had to acknowledge Dmitry as "elder brother". Influence and power of the Grand Duchy of Moscow grew and its interests clashed with those of Lithuania. After the Battle of Blue Waters in 1362 Lithuania took over the Principality of Kiev and became a direct neighbor of Moscow. In 1368, Mikhail II of Tver became Prince of Tver. Dmitry Donskoy and Alexius, Metropolitan of Moscow, imprisoned him. Mikhail was released when envoys of the Golden Horde arrived and Dmitry did not want to involve the Tatars in the Moscow–Tver dispute.

Mikhail fled to Lithuania to ask assistance of Algirdas, married to his sister Uliana of Tver. Algirdas decided to assist the Principality of Tver, chief rival of Moscow, sought to put Mikhail on the throne of Vladimir, a long-time possession of Moscow. In 1368, Algirdas gathered a large army, which included his brother Kęstutis and forces from Tver and Smolensk; the army was assembled in secret and marched so that not to give an advance warning to the Russians. After crossing the Lithuania–Russia border, Lithuanians began pillaging and burning various villages while Russians hastily assembled a defensive force, commanded by Dmitry Minin and Akinfiev Shuba. Lithuanians killed son of Prince Dmitry of Starodub-on-the-Klyazma, they captured Obolensk killing Prince Konstantin Obolensky. On November 21, 1368, the Lithuanians defeated the Russian defense forces on the Trosna River and killed its commanders and other boyars. Dmitry Donskoy retreated to Moscow Kremlin, behind the walls that were completed just few months before, ordered to burn the posad so that the Russian defense would have a better position.

The Lithuanians surrounded the Kremlin and looted, but retreated three days without a serious attempt at taking the stronghold. In early 1370, Moscow attacked Bryansk which belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Mikhail II of Tver obtained a yarlyk for the throne of Vladimir. Mikhail attempted to establish his rule in Vladimir, but failed and retreated to Lithuania asking for help. At the end of November 1370, Algirdas organized the second raid towards Moscow, his forces included his brother Kęstutis, Mikhail II of Tver, Svyatoslav II of Smolensk. On November 26, the Lithuanian army besieged Volokolamsk; the battle continued for two days. Lithuanians killed Prince Vasily Ivanovich Berezuysky, commander of the city's defenses, but did not succeed in capturing the city; the army marched forward and besieged Moscow on December 6. Algirdas' forces burned and pillaged, but did not succeed in taking the city's Kremlin where Dmitry Donskoy had retreated; this time Donskoy had allies ready to march: his cousin Vladimir the Bold in Peremyshl and Prince Vladimir of Pronsk with troops from Ryazan.

Therefore, a truce was concluded and Algirdas retreated after eight days. After the 1370 raid, Metropolitan of Moscow, excommunicated all Russian princes that supported the Lithuanians. Algirdas responded with his own letter listing injustices committed by the Russians. In particular, Algirdas complained that Dmitry Donskoy attacked nine Lithuanian fortresses on the upper Volga and Oka Rivers and requested appointment of a new metropolitan bishop of Lithuania; the Patriarch sent apocrisiarius Cyprian to Lithuania to investigate. Algirdas succeeded in winning over Cyprian and promoting him to Metropolitan of Kiev and all Rus', but it seems Algirdas wanted peace as his daughter Helen married Vladimir the Bold at the end of 1371. In the meantime and Moscow continued to compete and each obtained new yarlyks for Vladimir. In spring 1372, Lithuanians raided Russian lands again; this time Algirdas did not participate. The Lithuanian Army was commanded by Kęstutis and his son Vytautas and Algirdas' son Andrei of Polotsk.

They attacked Pereslavl-Zalessky, burned the posad and churches and extracted a ransom. At the same time Mikhail II of Tver attacked Dmitrov; the two armies attacked Kashin and its duke acknowledged Tver's suzerainty. The Lithuanian Army retreated through Tver and Torzhok; the third and the last campaign by Algirdas was organized in summer 1372. This time Dmitry Donskoy marched with his army to meet the invaders and the Lithuanian Army was stopped near Lyubutsk, a fort on the Oka River northeast of Tula. Lithuanian vanguard troops had to retreat; the two armies were separated by a steep ravine, not suitable landscape for combat. After a period of standoff, the Treaty of Lyubutsk was concluded. Algirdas agreed to abandon the plans of promoting Mikhail thus ending Lithuania's assistance to Tver. Mikhail II of Tver did not end his war with Moscow, he once again attempted to establish his rule. Dmitry Donskoy assembled besieged Tver. Dmitry had support of many Russian dukes, including Svyatoslav II of Smolensk who fought for Mikhail in 1370.

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